Upcoming Events

If you’d like to book me for a talk, please send an email to info@ilsr.org.

October 1, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN
Keynote talk at the regional conference of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association.

 June 11-13, 2014 — Oakland, CA
Presented “A Localist Policy Agenda” at the 2014 BALLE Conference

June 6-8, 2014 — Boston
A Localist Agenda: Policy and Politics for Building a Community-Scaled Economy
Session with Aaron Bartley of PUSH Buffalo, Lew Daly of Demos, and Barry Lynn of New America Foundation at CommonBound, the New Economy Coalition’s 2014 conference.

April 27, 2014 — Atlanta, GA
Presented a session on “Managing Neighborhood Character through Retail Controls” at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference, together with San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim and San Francisco Planning Commission Vice President Rodney Fong.

Jan. 14, 2014 — Charleston, SC
“An Indie Revival: How Local Business Owners are Joining Forces to Win Public Support and Level the Playing Field” (See the presentation slides & notes)
Keynote at the 2014 Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show 


Sept. 12, 2013 — Atlanta, GA
Presentation at the Alliance for Independent Media Stores conference.

June 14, 2013 — Buffalo, NY
Presentation on “Towards a Localist Policy Agenda” at the BALLE Conference


Oct. 20, 2012 — Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy
Featured talk at TEDx Dirigo

Oct. 5, 2012 — Portsmouth, NH
Keynote at the New England Local Business Forum Regional Gathering

Sept. 19, 2012 — New York City
6:30-8:00 pm, sponsored by Walmart Free NYC

Sept. 5, 2012 — Washington, D.C.
“The Impact of Walmart on Our Community,” hosted by Respect D.C.
12-1:30pm, Busboys and Poets at 5th & K. More details here.

June 8-10, 2012 — Bard College, NY
“Rewriting Government Policy: New Rules to Reign in Corporations and Revive Local Economies”
Presentation at the Strategies for a New Economy 2012 Conference

March 29-April 1, 2012 — Louisville, KY
American Independent Business Alliance conference

March 23-25, 2012 — Berkeley, CA
Local Revival
Plenary talk at the The Economics of Happiness Conference



Oct. 20 — Middletown, VA
“Thinking Local” keynote presentation and workshop at the 1st Annual Small Business Retreat organized by the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center
8:00am-4:30pm, 173 Skirmisher Lane

June 20— Anaheim, CA
The Growth of Internet Retailing: Implications and Strategies for the Specialty Toy Industry
Presentation at the American Specialty Toy Retailers Association‘s annual convention.

Jan. 27 — New York City
Panel discussion following a screening of The Economics of Happiness

6:30-10:00pm, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square (7 East 7th Street)

Jan. 18 — Washington, DC
Keynote at the Summit for Advocates for Independent Retail

Leaders from trade associations and other organizations representing independent businesses will come together for this invitation-only summit, organized by the American Booksellers Association.


Apr. 8-11 — Tampa
AMIBA conference.

May 12 — Cleveland
Local Entrepreneurship in Rebuilding Cleveland’s Economy

Keynote at the Annual Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon.
Sammy’s Metropolitan Ballroom, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Details & tickets. Proceeds benefit Historic Gateway Neighborhood, Historic Warehouse District and Playhouse Square.

May 22 — Charleston, SC
BALLE conference.

June 24 — Salt Lake City
6:00pm, Trolley Square Atrium, 367 South 700 East
Illustrated presentation on how Utah communities can capitalize on trends that favor a shift toward local businesses, followed by a panel discussion with Utah civic leaders. This event is sponsored by Local First Utah and kicks off its Independents Week celebration.

June 25 — Salt Lake City
9:30am, St. Mark’s Cathedral, 231 East 300 South
Presentation for the Utah League of Cities and Towns, sponsored by Local First Utah.

June 25 — Ogden, UT
2:00pm, Borrowed Earth Emporium, 2242 Washington Boulevard
Presentation for Local First Ogden partners and Ogden city officals.

Aug 18 — Chicago
Being Independent: The ‘Buy Local’ Movement and What It Means to Your Store

Presentation at the Independent Garden Center Show.
11am-Noon, 2pm-3pm, 3:15-4:15pm at Navy Pier

Oct 1 — San Antonio
Being Independent: The Buy Local Movement and What it can Mean for Your Business

Presentation at the national convention of Trimega, an association of independent office supply dealers.


Nov. 21 — Chandler, Arizona
Thinking Local
Keynote at the annual conference of the Gift & Home Trade Association.

Oct. 24 — London
The Bigger Picture: Festival of Interdependence
A free interactive, living exhibition, including more than 25 speakers, staged in the dramatic post-industrial setting of the Bargehouse on London’s South Bank, organized by the New Economics Foundation.

Oct. 17 — Bristol, UK
A New Deal for Local Economies

Lecture at the Bristol Schumacher Conference, organized by the Schumacher Society in partnership with the New Economics Foundation.

Oct. 3 — Scranton, PA
Urban Economy

Panel at the Pages and Places Book Festival .
7:00 – 8:30 p.m., The Connell Building, 129 North Washington Ave.

July 13 — Silverthorne, CO
Creating Self-Reliant Communities

Community presentation sponsored by the Summit Independent Business Alliance (SIBA), High Country Conservation Center (Hc3), and Our Future Summit.
7:00 p.m., Silverthorne Pavilion, Hwy 9 and 4th St

July 12 — Denver, CO
The Local Business Movement: Building Independent Business Alliances and Community Roots 

Keynote at the International Christian Retail Show.

Jun. 26 — Tucson, AZ
Working for Change: Joining Forces with the Local Indie Business Community

Panel discussion at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Annual Convention
Panelists are Jody Colley of the East Bay Express; Stacy Mitchell of the New Rules Project/AMIBA; and Erin Kilmer-Neel of OneCalifornia Foundation. Moderated by Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Jun. 9 — Johnstown, PA
Buy Local: 10 Strategies to Grow Local Businesses and Revive the Economy

Session at the Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s annual conference, followed by a roundtable discussion.
11:15-12:30 p.m. & 2-3:15 p.m., Frank J. Pasquerilla Center, 301 Napoleon St.

May 7 — Portland, Maine
Think Local: Surviving the Downturn and Reviving Maine’s Economy for the Long-Term

Session at the Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility conference.
8:15 – 9:30 a.m., USM’s Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St.

Mar. 31 — Laconia, NH
A Stimulus Plan for the Local Economy

Illustrated presentation at a community forum organized by the Belknap Independent Business Alliance
7 p.m., Laconia High School, 345 Union Ave

Mar. 21 — Annapolis, MD
10 Strategies to Grow Local Businesses and Revive the Economy

Keynote presentation at a conference organized by the Annapolis Sustainable Business Alliance.
8:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Mar. 19 — Bangor, ME
Buying Local: Building Our Economy from the Inside Out

Illustrated presentation on Buy Local initiatives, sponsored by Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Bangor Chamber of Commerce.
4:00-6:00 p.m., Seadog Brewery – 26 Front Street

Feb. 2 — New York City
6:15 PM, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Wood Auditorium in Avery Hall)
“Urban Visions: The Neighborhood Store in the Shadow of Urban Redevelopment”
Screening of Twilight Becomes Night followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Virginie-Alvine Perrette, Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Vicki Weiner of the Pratt Center for Community Development, author Phillip Lopate, and architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Jan. 29, 2009 – Salt Lake City
American Booksellers Association’s Conference on Local First/Shop Local Initiatives


Nov. 20 — Portland, OR
7 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave (pre-event activities at 6 p.m.)
Sponsored by the Sustainable Business Network of Portland and the Economic Justice Action Group

Nov. 19 — Medford, OR
7 p.m., Medford Public Library, 205 South Central Ave
Sponsored by Ashland Food Cooperative1000 Friends of OregonFriends of Jackson County, and Thrive

Nov. 18 — Eureka, CA
6:30-9:00 p.m., Eureka Women’s Club,1531 J Street
Sponsored by the Humboldt County Independent Business Alliance. Visit the site or call 707-476-8475 for more details.

Nov. 17 — Chico, CA
7 p.m., Trinity Methodist Church Social Hall, 285 East 5th
Sponsored by Lyon Books and the Institute for Sustainable Development at California State University

Nov. 16 — Redwood City, CA
4:00 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2124 Brewster
Sponsored by Kepler’s Books and the Hometown Peninsula Independent Business Alliance

Oct. 29 – Middlebury, VT
5:30 p.m., Middlebury College, Twilight Auditorium 101 (See a campus map)
“How to Escape the Big Box Swindle and Build a Local Economy,” a Christian A. Johnson Economic Enrichment Fund Lecture

Oct. 22 – South Berwick, ME
7:00 p.m., South Berwick Town Hall, 180 Main St.
Sponsored by SmartGrowth South Berwick

Oct. 13 — Saratoga Springs, NY
9:00 a.m., Saratoga Hotel & Conference Center, 534 Broadway
“Catalyzing a Revival of Local Business” keynote at the New York Planning Federationconference

Sept. 19 — Kingston, NY
Keynote at the Cool Communities Conference
Seven21 Media Center, 721 Broadway
Organized by Sustainable Hudson Valley

Sept. 19 — Albany, NY
7:30 a.m. at Carmine’s Restaurant, 818 Central Avenue
Breakfast served. Sponsored by the Capital Region Independent Business Alliance

Sept. 18 — Guilderland, NY
7 p.m., Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave
(3 miles west of the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany)
Sponsored by Capital District Local First. Download an event flyer to distribute.

June 11 — Concord, MA
“Preserving and Strengthening Independent Businesses”
day-long workshop for local business owners

June 6 — Boston
3:15 p.m., “Public Policy to Support Local Economies” panel at the BALLE conference

May 19 – Warner, NH
7:00 p.m., MainStreet BookEnds, 16 East Main St.

May 19 – Peterborough, NH
Noon, Peterborough Rotary Club, Monadnock Country Club
And: 1:30 p.m., Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square

May 7-8 – Baltimore
Keynote at Good Jobs First’s Third Annual Conference

Apr. 21 – Waterville, ME
7 p.m., Colby College
Diamond Building, Room 122 (Pugh Classroom). Here’s a campus map.
Sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Civic Engagement

Apr. 1 – Philadelphia
“Catalyzing Your Own ‘Buy Local’ Movement,”
a workshop at the 2008 National Main Streets Conference
3:45-5:00 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Mar. 20 – Portland, Maine
7:00 p.m., Abplanalp Library, Univ. of New England, 716 Stevens Ave.
Sponsored by the Maine Women Writers Collection
as part of its 2008 Spring Author Series.

Mar. 10 – Barre, VT
6-8 p.m., Labor Hall, 46 Granite St.
Sponsored by Citizens for Community and Local Prosperity

Jan. 27 – Louisville, Kentucky
3:00 p.m., Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods, 3738 Lexington Rd
Sponsored by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance

Jan. 26 – Louisville, Kentucky
Noon, Marriot Hotel
Plenary roundtable discussion with Bill McKibben and Michael Shuman at the American Bookseller’s Association’s Winter Institute


Nov. 28, 2007 – Hyattsville, Maryland
7:00 p.m., Hyattsville City Hall, 4310 Gallatin St.
co-sponsored by Route 1 Growth and area communities

Nov. 14, 2007 – Red Bank, New Jersey
Keynote at the annual meeting of Thanexus,
a cooperative for independent funeral homes
Red Bank, NJ

Nov. 9-11, 2007 – Austin, Texas
Keynote at the American Independent Business Alliance conference

Nov. 7-8, 2007 – Charleston, WV
Building Sustainable Economies in a Shrinking World,
a two-day convening organized by the Central Appalachian Network

Nov. 1, 2007 – Portsmouth, NH
7:00 p.m., Portsmouth Brewery, 56 Market Street
Sponsored by Seacoast Local

Oct. 25, 2007 – Miami, FL
8:00 p.m., Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue

Oct. 24, 2007 – St. Petersburg, FL
7:00 p.m., The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 3050 1st Avenue South

Oct. 23, 2007 – Tampa, FL
7:00 p.m., Inkwood Books, 216 South Armenia Ave

Oct. 19, 2007 – Augusta, ME
Session on the Informed Growth Act at the
GrowSmart Maine Summit

Sept. 13, 2007 – Portsmouth, RI
6:30 p.m., Green Valley Country Club, 371 Union St
sponsored by Preserve Portsmouth

June 29, 2007 — Newburyport, MA
7:00 p.m., Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St.

June 28, 2007 — Jamaica Plain, MA
7:30 p.m., First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St.
sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Forum

June 7, 2007 — Kennebunk, ME
7:00 p.m., Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

May 25, 2007 — Portland, ME
12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Portland Club, State Street
Rotary Club Lunch

May 22, 2007 — Belfast, ME
6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

May 11, 2007 — Astoria, Oregon
8:00 – 9:15 a.m., Liberty Theater
Keynote at the Oregon Downtown Development Association conference

May 9, 2007 — Petaluma, CA
7:00 p.m., Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St.
sponsored by the Petaluma Independent Business Alliance

May 8, 2007 — Davis, CA
7:00 p.m., Teen Center (downstairs), 3rd & B
sponsored by the Davis Independent Merchants Alliance

May 3, 2007 — Washington, DC
4:00 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts
Featured presentation at the annual Meeting of the National Cooperative Bank.

Apr. 16, 2007 — Philadelphia
“Regulating Big-Box Retail” session at the APA’s 2007 National Planning Conference
4:30-5:45 p.m.

Mar. 15, 2007 – Santa Fe, New Mexico
5:30-7:00 p.m., Collected Works Bookstore, 208B W San Francisco St
Sponsored by the Santa Fe Alliance

Mar. 13, 2007 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
5:30 p.m., Page One Bookstores, 11018 Montgomery Blvd NE
Sponsored by the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance

Feb. 28, 2007 – London
“Supersized Supermarkets: A Global Dilemma”
7:00 p.m., Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham St, London
A public forum sponsored by Action Aid, Friends of the Earth, Tescopoly, War on Want, and others.

Jan. 26, 2007 – Morganton, NC
North Carolina Main Street Conference
10:30 a.m., CoMMA, 401 S. College St.
Keynote at the North Carolina Main Street Center’s conference.

Jan. 25, 2007 – Asheville, NC
7:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel
co-sponsored by Mountain Voices Alliance and Malaprop’s Bookstore

Jan. 10, 2007 – Portland, ME
The Brown Bag Lecture Series
Noon, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square


Dec. 6, 2006 – Portland, OR
7:30 p.m., Powell’s Books, 1005 West Burnside

Dec. 5, 2006 – Seattle
7:30 p.m., Elliot Bay Books, 101 South Main St.

Dec. 4, 2006 – Bellingham, WA
7:30 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 North Commercial St.
co-presented with Sustainable Connections in connection with Buy Local Week

Nov. 18, 2006 – Portland, ME
6:00-8:00 p.m., 1 Longfellow Square (former Center for Cultural Exchange)
co-sponsored by Portland Buy Local

Nov. 16, 2006 – Tampa, FL
7:00 p.m., Inkwood Books, 216 South Armenia Ave.
Co-sponsored by the Tampa Independent Business Alliance

Nov. 15, 2006 – Austin, TX
7:00 p.m., Book People, 603 North Lamar Blvd.
Co-sponsored by the Austin Independent Business Alliance

Nov. 14, 2006 – Salt Lake City
7:00 p.m., Westminster College, W.L. Gore School of Business Auditorium
Co-sponsored by Local First Utah and The King’s English Bookshop

Nov. 13, 2006 – Boulder, CO
7:30 p.m., Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St.

Nov. 11, 2006 – Minneapolis-St. Paul
7:00 p.m., Macalester College Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave.
Presented by Twin Cities Metro Independent Business Alliance
and co-sponsored by United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 789
Tickets $5/$3 for Metro IBA members

Nov. 8, 2006 – Chicago
7:30 p.m., Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.
co-sponsored by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce

Oct. 28, 2006 – Stockbridge, MA
The 26th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures
10:00 a.m., First Congregational Church, West Main St.

Oct. 27, 2006 – Amherst, MA
7:00 p.m., Food for Thought Books, 106 North Pleasant St.

Oct. 26, 2006 – Boston/Cambridge
5:30 p.m., Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge
presented by the Harvard Book Store and co-sponsored by Cambridge Local First

Oct. 25, 2006 – Philadelphia
6:00 p.m., Robin’s Bookstore, 108 S. 13th St.
co-sponsored by Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia

Oct. 24, 2006 – Washington, D.C. 
6:00 p.m., Busboys & Poets Books, 2021 14th St. NW
Co-sponsored by Good Jobs FirstWal-Mart Watch and Smart Growth America

Oct. 23, 2006 – Raleigh, NC
7:00 p.m., Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave.
co-sponsored by Raleigh Independent Business Alliance

Oct. 20, 2006 – Augusta, ME
GrowSmart Maine Summit

Oct. 14, 2006 – Davis, CA
5:00 p.m., The Avid Reader, 617 Second St.

Oct. 7, 2006 – Corte Madera, CA
1:00 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.

Oct. 6, 2006 – San Francisco
7:00 p.m., Cody’s Books, 2 Stockton St.